The 2017 NBA Draft has come and gone, but there is still a lot to evaluate. This was not a quiet draft night. The No. 1 overall pick was traded. Jimmy Butler was traded. In a really deep class, a lot of teams added multiple players that, at first glance, look like the foundation of real progress. We won't be able to evaluate the full scope of these picks for a few years, but right now, given the information we currently have, here are the grades for every team's 2017 draft class. Dallas Mavericks: A Dennis Smith Jr. (9) In a draft full of loaded point guards, we knew Smith would fall below his objective value on Thursday. The Dallas Mavericks filled a gaping hole at point guard with an athletic,
One of the biggest changes that has affected NBA Draft coverage is the advent of Twitter and specifically, the scoops by NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski. Now colloquially known as "Woj bombs," these scoops are delivered straight to the Twitter feeds of Wojnarowski's 1.8 million followers so that the public can find out breaking NBA news at the same time as news outlets get their hands on it. In recent years, Wojnarowski has become well known for breaking the news of most draft picks, often minutes before the announcement is made on television.
Both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin informed the Clippers Friday that they will decline their player options for the 2017-18 season and instead become unrestricted free agents. If Paul or Griffin re-sign with the Clippers, they can earn up to $205 million and $175 million over five years, respectively. If either signs with another team, the most they can earn is $153 million or $130 million over four years, respectively. The Clippers already know that Paul plans on visiting with the San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets. The Clippers have said in the past that they plan on re-signing Griffin. But the Clippers will get some competition from the Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets and